Librarian at large discovers…

There was a library at Port Arthur for convict use! What's more it contained 13,253 volumes (no doubt of an "improving" nature). The library was tucked into a corner of the mess room in the Penitentiary where it also served as a reading room for officers. Books were circulated to outstations, detached posts, invalids, inmates…
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PHOTOGRAPHY INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION – Rosanna Library

As part of Banyule City Council's 'Home Reframing Craft and Domesticity Exhibition', we invite you to ensconce yourself in a crafty home installation and have your photograph added to the ‘Home family portrait' display reading your craft book of choice. Professional Portraits will be taken on the dates specified below. You can have these portraits emailed to you…
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Circus Skills – April School Holidays

Children at Rosanna ejoyed learning a variety of circus skills with Sharief, from 'Bundles of Entertainment'.  He provided hulu-hoops, plate-spinners, juggling balls and balancing sticks for everyone to try.  The highlight on the day was trying to make their own balloon animals - it is much harder than it looks!                                                    …
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Review from Philomena’s Bookclub – The Rugmaker of Mazar E Sharif

The Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif Najaf Mazari and Robert Hillman What we liked about the book We all agreed that this was a beautifully written book, describing much emotion and hardship. Najaf’s character comes across as being so positive throughout. He is remarkably resilient and his happy disposition enables him to connect with others. There is…
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Bedroom/s – Lella Cariddi

  ITALY This night 29 March nineteen-thirty-nine As clouds of war darken the sky Under the oblique gaze of Pope Pius XII on the wall In the bed of conception A woman’s waters break Over two days and two nights Waves of contorting pain disfigure her beauty On the third dawn a tiny boy is…
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Where Nan Is – Stephanie Knight

  Gentle patter on window pane Steaming mug in hand Lounging in the lounge room Crocheted blanket on my lap Smiling faces framed on wall Radio static AM magic Rifts of time and passage open up History all around Blanket snug like own Nan’s arms Familiar, comfortable Family home Clocks ticking counting down Wasting the…
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